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Women in Tech: Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories from Successful Women in Tech to Take Your Career to the Next Level

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Craig Pritchett leads you through an unforgettable learning experience that builds on the extraordinary life and games of the first World Chess Champion Wilhelm Steinitz.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Sasquatch Books
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Lauren
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me stay in the industry when I hit that 10 year drop off point where many women decide they can't fucking take it anymore and leave for an industry less hostile. I could never blame a woman for leaving. My experiences have many times been garbage, and I've done a lot of talking to other women who work in tech and unfortunately, not only is my experience typical, it's shockingly textbook. So much of what I've had happen is better suited to a BuzzFeed 'Top 10 Reasons Suspicions Yo ...more
Elizabeth Unrein
As a woman in tech who is still searching for that mythical "place to belong", I really wanted to like this book. But it really didn't tell me anything that I hadn't heard before, and I don't necessarily agree with a lot of Wheeler's advice.

Maybe my expectations were off. I expected, perhaps, a more "down to earth" version of Lean In. What I got was... well, a maybe slightly more down to earth version, but still pretty pie in the sky. Of course the biggest difference between the two in Tarah's
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Kamilah
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: As a co-author, I tried not to be biased while reading this - but you know what, I'm really quite proud to have been part of this project. It's amazing that in 2016, this is the first time a book has tried to accomplish this - give practical advice to encourage women to not only enter tech, but succeed in it, while giving examples of a diverse set of women who have done just this. If you're a student, a woman just entering tech or mid career, or a man in tech, this book is for you. P ...more
Laura
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I appreciated the stories, but I thought the scope of audience as a result of the chosen stories, was quite narrow. I also took pretty hard offense to the chapter where the author takes a very black and white approach to discussing parental leave and being a parent while working in tech. She recited a lot of observations, which are all founded in admittedly unfair common practices, however, instead of using her platform (this book) and agency to speak up about how the “mommy tax” is bullshit and ...more
Wendi Lau
Tarah Wheeler wrote and self-published this book to share her knowledge and experience as a successful woman in the tech world. The result is a treasure of wisdom and information nuggets: what to put on a tech resume, how to dress for an interview, exactly what to say when asked about salary in an interview. It is specific to tech while also empowering and helpful to any woman professional. College women should read this so they can practice and think about how they present themselves.

There are
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Karla
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! This book really resonated with me in ways that many other books that I have attempted to read in this category have not. This is straight-up helpful advice with no fluffy nonsense. The author really tells it like it is. The best part is all the profound and personal stories of various accomplished and bold women throughout the book to complement the rest of the material. I can't wait to share this with others! ...more
AJ
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
What this book is called: "Women in Tech"

What this book should be called: "Women in Software Development"
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Anbu Manoharan
Feb 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: career, 2020-books
The good part: The stories from other women show that there is not one way to be/become a women in tech. Also the advice extends from resumé tips to how to start your own LLC, although not all of them sound right/valid.

The disappointments:
1. There were a lot of places where the author calls out unfair things that are happening and still encourages women to keep up those practices. This threw me off completely. An example that was repeated twice in the book, "salary increases with height". This r
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Jina
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Wish I had it back in the late '90s when I got my first job in tech. But it has advice for every stage of a woman's career in tech, whether you're just getting in, moving into management, or founding your own company.

I feel a certain kinship with Wheeler, since we were both awkward nerds homeschooled until age 13, and both from the land of academia (her masters is in poli sci and mine is in ecology). She had a rougher time of it as a kid though, and is also more of a rulebreake
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Madeline Stevens
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
- Resume tip: "Show your skill, the problem you solved, and how it benefited the project."- pg. 25
- Salary negotiations: When they try to manipulate you into taking the average salary, here's how to respond. "I'm here and interested in this job because I think your company is extraordinary, not average. I don't think you want to fill this company with average developers, and I don't think you'd be offering me this opportunity if you did. Glassdoor has a salary for someone of my abilities and tra
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Brian
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle, grbpp
(4.0) Anyone early in their tech career might want a read

Some good advice for anyone, especially if coming from “non-traditional” tech background, whether gender, race, national, economic or (non-)academic backgrounds. Or even those with CS degrees from Stanford. Some anecdotes, lots of advice, not all applicable, but heaps of material to build empathy, confidence and optimism. And resilience to “failure”.
Divya Kabra
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
More America specific than I would like it to be, nonetheless, very educational and a good read.
michelle
i really appreciated the tone of this book — no-nonsense, super opinionated, speaking from direct experience.
Laurel
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wouldn't say that this necessarily does everything that the title claims, simply because not all of the advice works for every type of individual, or every type of employer (though the book does include the relevant disclaimers), aaand not everyone is at the point in their careers that these marvelous women found themselves when making some of these important moves. Most of them, while facing all kinds of individual challenges that hardly made it 'easy,' can also be considered very very lucky ...more
Deborah
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well, 4.5. This book is positive, and brave. I became aware of the work of Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack when a now highly successful tech friend mentioned some free interview training videos for underserved people in tech. The videos inspired me, although i'm still not clear on what career path I am taking. Several years later, I received this book as a reward for backing the kickstarter. It is skillfully written, and the style of the book supports some quite useful content and solid advice.

It conta
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Steve Danauskas
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I found a great portion of this book illuminating, and honestly good advice for any gender. There are practical tips mixed in with inspirational stories. I wish that there was a, for lack of a better phrase, more boring story in the book, as the vast majority of stories of programmers really aren't that interesting. However, that's the most common career path. I also thought the book tried to cover the gamut of all possible careers, and it was a bit too short for that.

A small fractionof the adv
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Lauren W
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
As a woman, working in the tech industry (in Seattle nevertheless), I was immediately drawn to read this book. However, I found it a little preachy with a little too much "go get 'em, girl" attitude. There is nothing inherently wrong with that, it just didn't jive with my personality. ...more
Aishwarya Ghumekar
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book ‘Women In Tech’ is the honest guidance for working women in Technology industry. The book is written by Tarah Wheller Van Vlack who is an American technology cyber security executive and author and this being her first book. She has very well shared some tactics for a better future in tech career.
The book shares the career experiences of various women, the struggles that they have been through and how they overcame them. It includes stories from ambitious women like Tarah Wheeler hersel
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Jeanne Boyarsky
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: technology
I bought this book on KickStarter and it took me almost a year to actually start reading it. Once I started, I was done in a few days. It contains a mix of autobiographical stories and advice. I like the the stories come from 8 different women who have very different backgrounds. One is transgender so was able to remark on before/after experiences.

Tarah recommends Toastmasters for those who are shy. I'm in Toastmasters and definitely agree it helps you communicate better. I learned that hugs are
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B Sarv
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has as much value for educating men in tech as it does for women in tech. In fact I think it is not just about tech. In a lot of ways it is about how to interact with people in the work place. There are two ways this book has specific value to me even though I am not in tech nor a woman.

First, as a Math teacher at an all-female high school I am always looking for ways to make students interested in STEAM see the relevance of their studies. In particular I teach an Advanced Mathematics
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Shannon (That's So Poe)
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-books
I loved the idea of this book - providing women in tech with insights into the field, practical knowledge about how to navigate their careers, and inspirational stories of other women in tech. I think to some degree, the book definitely delivered. Wheeler Van Vlack covers a good amount of ground in her alternating chapters of advice, from interviews to networking, but the focus is very heavily on entrepreneurship and consultancy. That focus, as well as the style and content of the advice, just d ...more
Iris Shields
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for every woman in tech, at least if you have even the slightest bit of interest in improving your career ;)
Tarah's style of writing is captivating and not only does she know her way around in the tech world, she is determined to help women in tech and help us get represented more equally. The book is a mixture of stories from the writer but also other women in tech, and advice on how to improve your career and even become a leader/ start your own business in tech. As a woman
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Adan Hidrogo
Apr 19, 2021 rated it liked it
The book is advice and instruction on how women can achieve success in the tech industry by giving advice from women who are very successful. with loads of anecdotes. Many of the advice given is applicable but there is a lot of it so not all of it works. As a man who wants to understand what it is like for women in the field that I am so interested in, this book helps me understand how much more women have to give to be recognized on the same compared to a man. The one thing that I largely disli ...more
Irene Gu
Apr 30, 2021 rated it did not like it
As an incoming software developer new grad, I read this book wanting to learn something to help with my incoming job and career. However I found this book mostly preachy and, tbh, the author’s view is not from a real woman, or it’s just not applicable nor attractive to me. I read most of the book and learnt nothing then I gave it up. The topic is hot I guess that’s why it can gain attentions. But I’d hope to see more books and advice from a view of women, who grow up taught to be a ‘lady’ like, ...more
Eric Starker
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't actually remember when I started this, but I finished it tonight. I had put it down for a while.

This is a great read and I'm totally not the target audience, but I felt the advice offered is generally applicable as well (I'm a transplant to tech marketing after pursuing a different career). Additionally as a queer male, I have felt my own versions of not fitting into company culture or traditional environments, so I'm interested in reading about ways of cutting past that. I felt the pers
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Shannon Hedges
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great advice on whiteboarding and salary negotiations. I really appreciated the candor and pragmatism that was present when discussing work-life balance. I think there's a bit of disservice done when it's repeated how accessible it is to learn to program (which is true!) followed by multiple contributors sharing childhood anecdotes of their asocial, erudite ways, perpetuating a stereotype of people in tech that I fear dissuades young women from entering a great industry. Still, this was a solid ...more
Becky
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved hearing stories from a diverse group of women about their experiences in tech. I also appreciated Tarah covering a variety of topics, from interviewing to mentoring to starting your own company. Tarah does come from a perspective of start-ups and small companies, so her experiences and suggestions were very different from my own experiences in IT in a large company. If you are early in your career in tech, you may get a lot out of the book. Just remember this is one perspective and doesn ...more
Heart1lly
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm really glad this book exists! It had loads of applicable advice, and even if I'm not quite at the point where I'm going to be using all of the advice in this book, the knowledge gained was definitely worth having. I really loved the chapters about resumes/cvs and interviews. Thanks for the extra bonus chapter for men. It was smartly written.

I docked a star only because I wasn't in love with some of the essays by other writers in the book. Most of them were great for sure, but there were a fe
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AliceinWonderland
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
- I don't know what I was expecting of this book, except that I'm a mid-career woman who's now taken an interest in tech...
- However, I found myself disappointed with this book...Maybe I was not in the right frame of mind??
- The first portion of the book was more applicable to young students or grads, about how to find and apply to tech jobs, network, etc...which were not useful to me.
- I thought the latter portion would be more applicable, but I found most of the stories & content to be fairly
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C Chow
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well-written read with lots of valuable and practical advice. As others have mentioned, not all advice should be followed, but there is definitely a lot of solid advice and it is up to you to decide what advice you want to follow and what you want to ignore. This book definitely left me more inspired. I do wish, however, that there had been more information on what to do if you are a woman who wants to transition into tech, since many of us may have already chosen non-tech degrees or jobs.
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